Wireless Hill Museum On 30th September 2012 former OTC staff & family attended the Centenary celebrations. They were Brian Woods, Des Kinnersley & his wife Betty, Ronni Keane, Ron Crocker & daughter Julie, Kevan Bourke & Doreen Hanson (wife of … Continue reading →
These are my 1995 pictures of Applecross Radio Station (1912 – 1966) See how similar the building is to Pennant Hills as they were built from the same plans.
The 2nd photo shows the Swan River with Perth CBD buildings in the distance. Both photos were taken from the lookout tower which was one of the three 400 foot mast guy anchors. The brown stains on the buildings are from irrigation underground water being used for the grass. Continue reading →
Applecross, on the Swan River in Perth, is about to celebrate their Centenary on 30th September 2012. With this in mind I decided to research its sister station Pennant Hills.
With the help of Brian Woods, who worked at Applecross, I was able to locate & visit the exact site of this land mark radio station. Both stations were built from similar building plans. Pennant Hills was officially opened on 19th August 1912 with Telefunken contracted to supply the equipment & the PMG operating it. It boasted a 400 foot mast with ten 120 foot masts circling it connected in an umbrella formation. Continue reading →
On the morning of August 17, 2012, the Globe Wireless Seatex service was shut down, this was the last remaining HF service at Gnangara Maritime Coast Station which has been operating in its current form for Globe Wireless since 1997, and many years before that when owned by OTC.
[ Editor: the satellite services are of course still operational ]
This marks the end of an era with some 45 years of continuous HF service at the Maritime Coast Station, a sad day for many people. OTC moved to Gnangara from their old transmitting station at Applecross in 1966, having operated from there for many years prior to that. Continue reading →
Lindley Deslandes is retiring from Telstra Managed Radio Ningi Qld after 42 years service on Tuesday 14th August 2012. Lindley commenced a 5 year traineeship with DCA in 1969 at Adelaide. He married Andrina in February 1974 at the same time he was appointed as a Radio Technician at DCA’s Llandilo Radio Station in Sydney. In October 1988 we recruited him as a TO2 at Doonside’s refurbished Radio Station. Later when Doonside was in the process of closing in January 1996 he moved his family to Qld. In moving he followed the transfer of transmitters to Ningi & remote receivers onto Bribie Island. Continue reading →
Story by Neil Yakalis. Photos by Wayne Clauson and Neil Yakalis.
[Ed: Neil has sent me these great photos and story of Doonside and you can click on them to open and then click a gain to see them in HiRes. Use your “Back” button to return. Thanks Neil]
The first 3 pictures of Doonside (below) taken in January 1986 nearly 30 years after it opened but with lots of the original equipment. Doonside was commissioned for the opening of the Melbourne Olympic games on 22nd Nov 1956. Continue reading →